The University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma softball team's streak has officially come to an end.
The Drovers fell to the Oklahoma City University Stars at OCU Sunday in the Sooner Athletic Conference championship game, snapping a 59-game win streak. The Stars came away with a 1-0 victory.
Going back to last season, the Drovers were able to make history and set records. USAO lost to OCU in the championship game last season before winning 59 games in a row and winning the softball program’s first national championship.
USAO’s 59-game win streak set both NAIA and NCAA records. Following the national title, the Drovers were also able to capture the SAC regular-season title after going 36-0 in conference play.
The meeting with OCU Sunday was the fifth meeting of the season between the two teams. USAO won the previous four matchups.
USAO advanced to the title game with a 3-0 record in pool play. Following a pair of 8-0 wins Thursday, the Drovers picked up a 2-1 win over Southwestern Assemblies of God University on Saturday. Randa Hatter hit a walk-off two-run home run in the win.
OCU also went 3-0 in pool play, finishing with a win over Mid-America Christian University.
With a 1-0 final score, the game was a battle of the two pitchers. USAO’s Emily Cerny went up against OCU’s Jaden Shores.
Cerny held OCU without a hit until the top half of the sixth inning. The Stars’ two hits in the inning were their only two hits in the game. They scored the game’s only run on an RBI single.
Cerny also struck out three batters in seven innings of work.
Kristen Prieto, Karlie Velasco and Hatter had USAO’s three hits in the game.
Prieto was also hit by a pitch in the third inning after Velasco recorded a single. The Drovers had two runners on base but could not score.